Ready to Peak? Becoming an Expert through Deliberate Practice: A book review

Mirjam Neelen

The first thing that Ericsson and Pool’s Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise confirmed for me is that expertise is a word that’s used too often. Too many people call themselves experts while they’re actually not. Following Ericsson and Pool’s definition of expertise some fields don’t even have experts. Because it’s not just about being extraordinarily good at something or about being exceptionally amazing. It’s about having objective standards so that you can determine if someone is an expert in an objective manner. What triggered me is that, according to Peak’s authors an expert’s awesomeness lies in the heart of their capabilities and that it’s something that “every one of us is born with and can, with the right approach, take advantage of” (p xii). Wow. We all can be experts in something? Now that’s an appealing thought, isn’t it?

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